Loose records: #8012
TSL&A Microfilm A-5102
Transcribed by Jan J.
R. B. Williams } Decree
Clara C. Williams
This cause came on to be heard on the 11th July 1877 before the Hon. Jas. E. Rice, Judge etc. upon the proemfesso taken upon a former day of this term, and upon the petition and testimony of the witnesses in the cause, when it appearing to the Court that all the allegations of plaintiffs' petition are true and that plaintiff and defendant were married on 17 Dec 1876 and that she gave birth to a fully matured, well-developed child on 20 May 1877, which said child was begotten by another person than plaintiff, her husband; and that she was pregnant by some other person at the date of her marriage to plaintiff without his knowledge. It is therefore ordered, adjudged and decreed that the bonds of matrimony subsisting between plaintiff R. B. Williams and defendant Clara C. Williams be and they are hereby dissolved; and said marriage annulled, and the plaintiff is restored to all the rights and privilege of single man.
It is therefore ordered that plaintiff recover of defendant Clara C. Williams the costs of this cause for which execution may issue.
To the Hon. Jas. E. Rice, Judge holding the Circuit Court at Gallatin
for Sumner County, Tennessee.
The petition of Robert B. Williams, a citizen of Sumner County, filed in the Circuit Court of Sumner County,
Clara C. Williams, also a citizen of Sumner County, Tenn.
Petitioner would show that he and the defendant, Clara, whose maiden name was Clara C. Gilbert, were married on the 17th Der. 1876 in the County of Sumner, and have lived together as man and wife in said county, until the 20th day of May, 1877, or about that time, when she, the said Clara, gave birth to a fully developed and perfectly mature child - which is now alive. Petitioner, since the birth of said child, has not recognized the said Clara as his wife or regarded her as such. Petitioner would show, that, the said defendant, Clara, was pregnant at the time of her marriage to him by another person, without the knowledge of petitioner; he has, since his marriage to defendant, been faithful to his marriage vows and to her. The premises considered he asks that the said Clara be made a defendant to this petition that process issue for her and that on the hearing, the bonds of matrimony subsisting between them be dissolved - and for naught, held from that time. He asks for general and special relief.
Seay & Blackmore
Attys. for petitioner
State of Tennessee }
Sumner County }
Robert B. Williams the petitioner in the foregoing bill makes oath before me, Thos. G. Moss a Justice of the Peace for the county and state aforesaid, that the facts therein stated are true, to the best of his knowledge and belief; that his complaint is not made out of levity or by collusion with the defendant, but, sincerity and truth, for the causes mentioned in the bill; and here to subscribed his name in my presence, this 18th day of June 1877. Robert B. Williams
T. G. Moss (JP)
JP's fee 25 cts.
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